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Kala MK-S Makala Soprano Ukulele
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2012
This is an excellent entry level ukulele and a surprisingly long-term investment. It's also worth mentioning that:

(A) You can easily find these for around £25-£30 - even through Amazon (I did) - so do shop around carefully and track the price on Amazon and other online retailers if you want this one and you're on a budget. If you have more cash then there will be several other things you'll want to spend it on, like a decent tuner, some better strings, a bag or a book to teach yourself how to play.
(B) The strings are absolutely fine to learn on and, after just a couple of weeks of good use, they won't need frequent retuning. However, suffice it to say they don't sound fantastic, so you may want to upgrade to Worth or Aquila strings at some point. At ~£5 it's worth the money to increase the pleasure you get out of this little instrument.

Enjoy!!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2012
Bought as first uke to see if I wanted to play it for fun or more serious learning. Have it for about 9 months now and am very impressed. The sound it makes sounds better and more beautiful the longer I play it- the sound vibrates longer and has a richer, warmer sound.

Had to tune it very often at first but after a couple of months, only rarely have to tune it.

Very easy to press the strings i.e. well made and very portable.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2012
This is a great 1st Ukulele, but sounds even better with Aquilla strings.
It's well made, and reasonable value value for money.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2014
This is outstanding value for money and without doubt the best ukulele in it's price range.

I have been a guitarist and bass player for several years and recently bought a ukulele to help my children learn to play alongside their school music lessons. There are a whole lot of cheaper end ukulele's aimed at the school/beginner market from Mahalo, Stagg, Vintage, Brunswick, Pro-Tone etc.. but none of them compare to the versatility, and playability of the Makala. This is a ukulele that will take you well beyond the beginner stages and you'll still be playing in years to come.

It's well built, nicely finished and has a very low action making it very easy to fret chords, which can be a great help for a beginner. It looks great, simple but classic and stylish with no garish transfers and no thick layer of gloss, just a simple matt wood laminate.

Apart from being easy on the eye and a dream to play, it really does sound great too. I immediately changed to Aquila strings as they have a dramatically better sound than the stock strings found on almost all lower end ukuleles. The sound is rich, glossy and surprisingly loud. Warm and gentle when strummed softly, bright and chirpy when strummed sharply, it gives a great range of tones depending on the style you adopt. The intonation was excellent across the whole fretboard and after the initial week or two settling in period for the strings (*see footnote below), it now holds tune session after session and rarely has to be retuned.

I can't rate this highly enough. I was expecting a toy for this price (and believe me, many of them are just that) but this really is a great instrument that holds its own against many higher priced ukulele's. In fact I'd suggest that this is the best you'll get until you start to look at the £100+ range of solid wood Uke's like the well respected Bruko No6 or the Ohana SK35.

(* A note for anyone completely new to the ukulele - the nylon strings have a large amount of stretch in them. When you buy a new ukulele or put new strings on, it will take a week or two before the strings fully stretch and settle. Until the strings have settled, expect to retune the ukulele every time you play, this can be as often as every song or two at the beginning. This is not a fault with the ukulele, the strings or the tuners, it is just the natural behaviour of the strings.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I purchased this ukulele quite a few months ago and have just got around to writing a review about it. I absolutely love this Uke, since purchasing it i have learnt how to play over 20 songs and not just twinkle twinkle little star, i mean proper songs like somewhere over the rainbow, the cave by mumford and sons, roar by katy perry and many more ! It is a great ukulele and a very affordable price, i would definitely recommend this ukulele to anyone out there looking to start playing the ukulele and not wanting to pay too much but getting something worth your money. This is ukulele is definitely worth your money and i can almost guarantee that you will not find a ukulele as good and well made as this one for the price it is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 December 2012
Very good little ukulele especially for beginners.
Good quality build for the price. I changed the strings after a week or so to some Aquila strings and this improved the sound and feel quite a lot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2013
A good quality Uke with a nice sound. Packaged well with a Ukulele starters guide (chords and stuff). Highly recommend to anyone looking to buy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2012
Proper machine heads and a nice sounding uke for the price - basic strings so I bought some nicer ones and it sounds lovely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 December 2014
OK - this is a revised & edited review, because there's something that ukulele buys need to know which isn't included with the uke. When you get a new uke or fit new strings, those strings will stretch like crazy for a while.

I initially gave this a bad review because try as I might I absolutely could not get my uke to stay in tune. It would be out of tune 2 seconds after I'd done it, and that was horribly frustrating for me, having just got one for Christmas.

The truth is, when you tune a newish string, you need to pull it out by about 2-3" from the instrument, to stretch the strings. Be careful not to break the bridge or anything, BUT if you tune it, stretch it, tune it, stretch it, eventually you'll find that stretching it no longer makes the string go flat, and you'll have a uke that can stay in tune.

So, armed with that knowledge, once you've done that, this is not a bad uke at all. It has a lovely tone. :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2014
Have only had my ukulele for a week so far, and I do love it. However, as many people are recommending, I will probably change the strings for a better set. It is very nice looking and the wood is a lovely colour. It was a good price too so overall am happy :)
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